Everton ease the pressure on Allardyce


Sam Allardyce lauded the "masterful" performance of Wayne Rooney despite his missed penalty in Everton's 2-0 Premier League win over Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday. All Brighton's hard work counted for nothing after Tosun crashed in a shot off the underside of the bar 14 minutes from the end, just after Walcott had left the field with a muscle strain.

- The Toffees have won seven consecutive Premier League home games against newly promoted sides for the first time in the competition.

That was the striker's second goal in two matches, coming after giving Everton the lead in a 2-1 defeat at Turf Moor last weekend against Burnley. You've looked alright to me in the games you've played even when you haven't scored. We know we have a very tough run-in.

"So we only have to put one thing right - our away results".

Asked about Walcott's fitness status at his post-match press conference, Allardyce explained: 'Cramp, so he should be OK.

Brighton, unbeaten in five league games prior to this, are now 11th in the table, still seven points clear of the relegation zone.

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"Of course I will, but I've got no complaints", said Hughton.

Instead of Schneiderlin, Allardyce took the decision to use Wayne Rooney as his holding midfielder and this perhaps more than anything shows that he hasn't given up, that he's willing to find radical solutions in an attempt to improve Everton's position.

"I was surprised, particularly with the form we've been in".

As Allardyce teams go that amounted to a fairly attacking line-up, and Everton did indeed spend most of the first half pushing forward.

"I'm disappointed. We went in at half-time having not played well but still very much in the game".